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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:58 am

Southern Maine Sweeps Suffolk, 10-6 and 9-5

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Sophomore Matt Bender (Walpole, Mass.) drove in a career-high seven runs to spark the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a season-opening 10-6 victory over the Suffolk University Rams in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday at Chain O’ Lakes Field.

The Huskies parlayed a six-run first inning into a 9-5 victory in the nightcap to sweep the doubleheader. Junior Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) and rookie Brandon Martins (Manorville, N.Y.) had a pair of RBI apiece in the uprising.

Game One

Bender was a one-man gang in the opener driving home two runs in the first inning with a two-out single, two more runs in the second with another single, and capped off his effort with a three-run homer in the fourth that staked junior right-handed starter Shyler Scates (Jefferson, Maine/Erskine Academy) to a 9-0 lead.

Scates cruised through the first three innings giving up a harmless single in the third. Scates ran into trouble in the fourth inning giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and a costly error. The Rams tacked on another three runs in the fifth to close the gap to 9-6. Scates (1-0) finished his five innings of work with a career high nine strikeouts.

In the fourth, Suffolk sophomore Matt Brenner (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) started the rally with an RBI single, and rookie Seth Coiley (Arlington, Mass.) followed with an RBI single. The third run came home on a two-out error. Brenner accounted for all three Rams runs in the fifth launching a three-run homer.

Junior Ryan Browner (Georgetown, Mass.) and senior Andrew Richards (South Portland) each came on the pitch a scoreless inning in relief for the Huskies to preserve the win.

The Huskies pounded out 14 hits in the game led by Bender with three. Dexter, sophomore Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine), freshman Anthony Capuano (Bangor, Maine) and senior Brendon Joyce (Standish, Maine/Gorham) had two hits apiece.

Game Two

Dexter ignited a six run first inning uprising with a two-run triple, and later scored on Capuano’s RBI single. A single by sophomore Jake Welch (Londonderry, N.H.) and a hit batsman loaded the bases for Martin whose single drove home Capuano and Welch. Rookie Nick Bowie (South Paris, Maine/Oxford Hills) lifted a sacrifice fly to bring home the sixth run.

Rookie right-hander Bobby Delaney (Merrick, N.Y.) was the beneficiary of the run support going 4.2 innings to get his first collegiate win. Delaney (1-0) surrendered five hits and one walk while striking out three. Only one of the three runs scored against him was earned.

Suffolk picked up an unearned run in the third inning, and two runs in the fifth against Delaney. USM rookie right-hander Chase Orava (Sagamore Beach, Mass./Dennis Yarmouth) came on to get the final out in the fifth, and Browner and Richards pitched the sixth and seventh innings, respectively.

Junior Nick DiBiase (Portland, Maine/Deering) gave the Huskies some insurance runs with an RBI single in the fourth and an RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth.



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Southern Maine will play another doubleheader on Thursday (9:00 a.m.) taking on Roger Williams University at Lake Myrtle Field in Auburndale, Fla. Suffolk will play a single game against Penn State-Altoona on Thursday (2:00 p.m.) at Pat Thomas Stadium in Leesburg, Fla.
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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:11 am

Southern Maine Sweeps Roger Williams, 3-1 (10) and 6-2

AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- Sophomore Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine) hit a two-run walk-off home run in the 10th inning to give the 8th-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies a 3-1 victory over the Roger Williams University Hawks in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday at Lake Myrtle Field.

In the second game, the Huskies scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning to erase a two-run deficit and take a 6-2 victory over the Hawks to complete the sweep. The sweep gives the Huskies (4-0) a four-game winning streak to start the season while the Hawks dropped to 1-7.

Game One

Sophomore Zack Bean (Westbrook, Maine) and RWU sophomore George Lund (West Hartford, Conn.) hooked up in pitchers dual in the opening game that went three extra frames. Bean worked 6.1 innings allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out five. Lund went eight innings giving up six hits and one walk while fanning six. Neither would be involved in the decision.

The Hawks struck first for a run in the fifth inning to take the lead. Senior Reid Nelson (Wallingford, Conn.) opened the frame with a double, and rookie Sean Gaffney (Simsbury, Conn.) pinch ran. Senior Chris Travers (East Freetown, Mass./Apponequet) advanced Gaffney to third with a fielder’s choice that put runners at the corners with no outs. Bean induced a double play that scored Gaffney before getting a fly out to limit the damage.

USM tied the game in the sixth when junior Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) hit a one-out solo home run. Dexter also had a pair of singles in the game.

Senior reliever Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine) came on in the seventh for the Huskies after the Hawks got a runner to second and put the fire out with a strikeout and a ground out. Richards would go on to pitch 3.2 innings of one-hit, scoreless relief to earn his first win of the season.

In the 10th, senior Brendon Joyce (Standish, Maine/Gorham, Maine) led off with a single. Senior Dylan Morris (Bangor, Maine) came on to pinch run, and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by rookie Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee). Roger Williams brought on senior Brendan Telfer (Avon, Conn.) to face McDonough who hit his first homer of the season.

Game Two

Down 2-0 going into their final at bat, the Huskies sent 11 men to the plate to score six times. With one out and two aboard, McDonough doubled home rookie Brandon Martins (Manorville, N.Y./Eastport South Manor) with the first run.

A ground out kept the runners stationery and brought Dexter to the plate. The junior was issued an intentional walk to load the bases. Sophomore Matt Bender (Walpole, Mass.) worked losing hurler Tyler Campo (Wrentham, Mass.) for another walk to force home the tying run. Freshman Anthony Capuano (Bangor, Maine) then stroked a two-run single that gave the Huskies a 4-2 lead.

Joyce walked to reload the bases and end Campo’s stint on the hill. Warren greeted junior reliever Tyler Winters (Plainfield, Conn.) for a two-run single to add two insurance runs before Winters was able to get the final out.

Junior Ryan Browner (Georgetown, Mass.), who came on in relief of sophomore Nick George (Peabody, Mass.) in the sixth inning, picked up the win with 1.1 innings of work. Campo, who held the Huskies in check on four hits over the first six innings, was saddled with his second loss of the season.

Up Next

The Huskies will take on Rhodes College in a single game on Friday (11:00 a.m.) at Pat Thomas Stadium in Leesburg, Fla. Roger Williams will play Suffolk University in a doubleheader on Friday (9:00 a.m.) at Myrtle Park Field in Auburndale, Fla.


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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:33 am

#14 Rhodes Hands #8 Southern Maine First Loss, 10-2

LEESBURG, Fla. -- Sophomore Ryan Olive (Houston, Texas) went 3 for 5 with four RBI as the 14th-ranked Rhodes College Lynx handed the 8th-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies their first loss of the season, 10-2, in a non-conference game Friday at Pat Thomas Stadium.

The win was the second straight for the Lynx and improved their overall record to 16-3. The Huskies slip to 4-1 overall with their first setback of the season.

Junior right-hander Daniel Morris (Atlanta, Ga.) went the distance on the hill for the Lynx to earn his fourth win against no defeats. Morris allowed just five hits and no walks while fanning five.

Olive and senior Justin Genter (Los Angeles, Calif.) had three singles apiece to pace the Lynx’ 14-hit attack against six USM hurlers. Sophomore Jackson Louie (Atlanta, Ga.) had a double and a single.

Junior Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) continued his red-hot hitting for the Huskies with his fourth multiple-hit game banging out a single and a double. Junior Nick DiBiase (Portland, Maine/Deering) had a double and scored one of the Huskies’ two fourth-inning runs.

Rookie Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) started on the mound for the Huskies and took the loss.

The Lynx jumped out on top in the first inning on Olive’s fielder’s choice that scored Genter who had walked and stole second and third.

A costly two-out throwing error in the second inning led to six unearned runs for Rhodes. Genter followed with an RBI single, and Olive brought in two more with a single. A third straight single by senior David Balaguer (Austin, Texas) scored Genter and ended Warren’s stint on the mound. Olive scored the sixth run on a single by senior Will Gietema (Dallas, Texas).

Olive’s RBI single in the third made it 8-0 before the Huskies got on the board in the bottom half of the inning. Sophomore Damon Wallace (Gorham, Maine) singled with one out, stole second and scored on DiBiase’s two-out double down the left-field line. DiBiase moved up to third on an infield error, and scored an unearned run on Dexter’s single.

Southern Maine is back in action on Saturday (3:30 p.m.) against The College of New Jersey at Chain ‘O Lakes Field in Winter Haven, Fla. Rhodes finishes its five-game Florida swing playing Babson College on Saturday (1:30).



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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:23 am

#8 Southern Maine Downs The College of New Jersey 12-5

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- The 8th-ranked University of Southern Maine baseball team hammered out 18 hits en route to a 12-5 non-conference win over The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Saturday afternoon at Chain O’ Lake Field.

The victory improved the Huskies’ overall record to 5-1. The game was the season opener for the Lions. The Lions had their first six games postponed prior to Saturday.

Junior Nick DiBiase (Portland, Maine/Deering) paced the Huskies’ attack with the first four-hit game of his collegiate career. Sophomore Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine) and senior Brendon Joyce (Standish, Maine/Gorham) had three hits apiece, and rookie Anthony Capuano (Bangor, Maine) and sophomore Damon Wallace (Gorham, Maine) each had two hits.

Senior right-hander Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine) picked up his second win of the season, and the 20th of his career, pitching 4.2 shutout innings in relief of junior starter Tyler Leavitt (North Andover, Mass.). Richards gave up three hits and one walk while striking out two.

Senior Anthony Cocuzza (Absecon, N.J.) and sophomore Ben Varone (Marlton, N.J.) each had two hits for the Lions. Senior right-hander Connor Smith (West Caldwell, N.H.), who started on the hill and worked into the seventh inning, took the loss.

The Huskies grabbed the lead in their first turn at bat as McDonough stroked the first of his two doubles, moved to third on a lineout to center field, and scored on a sacrifice fly from junior Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee).

USM took advantage of two TCNJ errors in the second inning to tack up four more runs. Wallace had an RBI double to bring home the first run, and Joyce had a sacrifice fly to plate the final run.

Capuano’s two-run single in the fourth inning increased the Huskies’ lead to 7-0.

Leavitt, making his first start of the season, got out of a bases loaded jam in the first inning with a call third strike for the third out. He cruised through the second inning before getting into a mini-jam in the third. With one out and runners at first and second, Leavitt got consecutive ground ball outs to escape the frame. He retired the side in order in the fourth.

The Huskies defense let Leavitt down in the fifth making errors on consecutive plays that led to five unearned runs. Junior Pat Roberts (Hillsborough, N.J.) had a two-run single in the middle of the rally that closed the gap to 7-5 after five innings. All five runs, charged to Leavitt, were unearned.

Richards came on after Leavitt loaded the bases with a one-out walk to senior Josh Limon (Eastampton, N.J.). Richards got the first batter on a fly ball that delivered a run, then surrendered an RBI single to rookie Zach Shindler (Wantagh, N.Y.) before getting the final out.

With Richards holding the Lions at bay by getting the side in order in the sixth and seventh innings, the Huskies added a single unearned run in the seventh, three more in the eighth and a single run in the ninth for the 12-5 final.

Southern Maine is back in action on Sunday (1:30 p.m.) taking on 10th-ranked University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point at Henley Field in Lakeland, Fla. TCNJ will play a doubleheader tomorrow against St. Norbert College.



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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:29 am

Scates Hurls #8 USM Past #23 Rowan 7-4

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Junior right-hander Shyler Scates (Jefferson, Maine/Erskine Academy) pitched eight strong innings to earn his second win of the season as the 8th-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies (6-2) defeated 23rd-ranked Rowan University (3-4) Monday morning at Chain O’ Lakes Field.

Scates allowed eight hits and no walks while striking out four over his eight innings of work. Juniors Dan Kinnon (Londonderry, N.H.) and Ryan Browner (Georgetown, Mass.) combined to retire the side in order in the ninth inning with Browner getting his first save of the season.

Senior Brendon Joyce (Standish, Maine/Gorham) led the Huskies’ 14-hit offense with three hits and two RBI. Sophomore Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine) had a double and his third home run of the season. Junior Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) and rookies Anthony Capuano (Bangor, Maine) and Thomas Zarro (Billerica, Mass.) had a pair of safeties.

Sophomore Jason Clapper (Mount Laurel, N.J.) had a double, a single and scored twice for the Profs. Senior Kevin McMenamin (Maple Shade, N.J.) had two singles and an RBI. Junior right-hander Andrew Lysy (Allentown, N.J.) started on the mound and took the loss for the Profs. He allowed 11 hits, six runs (five earned), and one walk while fanning five in six innings.

The Huskies jumped out to a 6-0 lead in their first two turns at the plate getting an unearned run in the first, and five runs in the second.

In the second frame, three straight singles by Zarro and freshmen Brandon Martins (Manorville, N.Y./Eastport South Manor) and Nick Bowie (South Paris, Maine/Oxford Hills) produced the first run. McDonough followed with an RBI double, and Joyce tacked up two more runs with the Huskies’ fifth consecutive hit. Singles by Dexter and Capuano loaded the bases for sophomore Matt Bender (Walpole, Mass.) who drove in the fifth run with a fielder’s choice.

The Profs nicked Scates for a run in the home half of the second on a double by Clapper and an infield error. Clapper scored the Profs second run in the fourth scoring on a single by rookie Monny Strickland (Egg Harbor Twp., N.J.), but another potential run was cut down at the plate on a strong relay throw from Dexter to Joyce to end the inning.

Rowan pulled within two (6-4) in the fifth inning on back-to-back RBI singles by McMenamin and senior Casey Grimes (Gibbstown, N.J.). Scates got out of the jam without further damage, and allowed only one hit over the next three innings before turning the game over to the bullpen.

McDonough hit his second round tripper in as many days in the ninth inning for the final run.

Southern Maine concludes its 10-game southern swing on Tuesday with a doubleheader against Worcester State University at Lake Myrtle Field in Auburndale, Fla. Rowan has a single game on Tuesday (9:30 a.m.) against Benedictine University at Chain O’ Lakes Field.



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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Mar 18, 2015 4:39 am

Southern Maine, Worcester State Split Doubleheader

AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- Junior Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) went 4 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI as the University of Southern Maine baseball team banged out 17 hits en route to a 16-1 victory over Worcester State University in the nightcap of the teams’ doubleheader Tuesday at Lake Myrtle Field.

In the opening game, Worcester State used a six-run outburst in the second inning to take an 8-4 victory. The doubleheader split gives the Huskies 7-3 overall record for their 10-game Florida swing. The Lancers, now 2-5 overall, have four games remaining on their Florida trip.

Game One

The Lancers parlayed five hits and two walks into six runs to erase a 2-0 deficit. Senior Zach George (Attleboro, Mass.) gave the Lancers a 4-2 lead with a bases-loaded double to chase home three runs. George scored when sophomore Jake Ryan (Whitinsville, Mass./Northbridge) followed with a triple to right-center field. Sophomore Adam Barry (Auburn, Mass./Holy Name) brought Ryan home with a single.

Worcester State added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to increase its advantage to 8-2.

Southern Maine took a 2-0 lead scoring a pair of unearned runs in the top half of the second. Sophomore Jake Welch (Londonderry, N.H.) scored the first run on a double steal, and rookie Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) scored on an RBI single by rookie Nick Bowie (South Paris, Maine/Oxford Hills).

The Huskies picked up two more unearned runs in the seventh on an RBI double from sophomore Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine) and an RBI fielder’s choice form Dexter.

McDonough went 3 for 4 with a double and two singles, and sophomore Matt Bender (Walpole, Mass.) had two singles. Barry was the lone Lancer to have multiple hits.

Sophomore Zack Bean (Westbrook, Maine) worked the first five innings on the hill for the Huskies and took the loss. Sophomore Tyler Barrie (Oxford, Mass.) earned his first win for WSU going six innings.

Game Two

The Huskies busted open a 4-1 game with seven runs in the fifth inning, and five more in the sixth to turn the game into a blowout. Dexter opened the fifth with a single, and later had an RBI single as the Huskies sent 12 men to the plate. McDonough had a two-run single in the middle of the rally.

Senior Dylan Morris (Bangor, Maine) had the key hit in the sixth inning, a bases-loaded triple. Rookie Thomas Zarro (Billerica, Mass.) also had an RBI triple in the inning.

Welch had three hits, including a double and a triple, and three RBI. McDonough had two hits, two runs scored and three RBI. Junior Nick DiBiase (Portland, Maine/Deering) had a pair of hits and three runs scored.

Senior Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine) earned his third win of the season with four innings of two-hit shutout relief.

WSC sophomore right-hander Neil Begley (Springfield, Mass.), who worked four innings allowing seven hits and four runs, took the loss.

Up Next

Southern Maine has a scheduled game in Haverhill, Mass., on Sunday (2:00 p.m.) against Western New England University. Worcester State will play a doubleheader against Mt. St. Vincent College on Thursday (10:00 a.m.).



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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:36 am

Southern Maine Downs Endicott 4-2 on Bowie Homer

BEVERLY, Mass. -- Rookie outfielder Nick Bowie (South Paris, Maine/Oxford Hills) hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to give the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies a 4-2 come-from-behind victory over the Endicott College Gulls in a non-conference game Wednesday afternoon at North Field.

The win was the second straight for the ninth-ranked Huskies, and improved their overall record to 8-3. The Gulls had their two-game winning streak stopped and fell to 4-6 overall. The two teams are scheduled to meet again April 15 at USM.

Trailing 2-1 after second innings, the Huskies tied the game in the seventh inning on Bowie’s fielder’s choice that brought home sophomore Jake Welch (Londonderry, N.H.).

In the ninth, Welch led off the inning with a single, and advanced to second on a groundout. Bowie then drove a pitch from junior Davarn Nova (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) over the left-field fence to give USM the lead. The Huskies loaded the bases on an infield error, a single and a fielder’s choice, but Nova escaped further damage getting the final out with a strikeout.

USM grabbed a 1-0 lead in its first turn at bat as sophomore Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine) doubled, moved to third on a fly ball, and scored on a single by rookie Anthony Capuano (Bangor, Maine).

The Gulls responded in their turn at bat as senior Harry Oringer (Dartmouth, Mass.) smacked a two-run homer. Sophomore Cam Farnham (Andover, Mass.) led off the game with a single and moved to second on a groundout. Oringer then took USM sophomore starter Zack Bean (Westbrook, Maine) deep to left for his second round tripper of the season.

Sophomore Shyler Scates (Jefferson, Maine/Erskine Academy) came on for Bean to start the second inning and hurled 6.1 innings of four-hit shutout relief. Scates walked one and struck out six. Senior Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine) took over in the eighth to pitch the final 1.2 innings to gain his fourth win of the season.

Nova, the fifth Endicott pitcher of the day, was saddled with his first loss of the season.

Bowie and junior Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) had two hits apiece for the Huskies. Farnham was the lone repeat hitter for the Gulls.

Southern Maine opens its Little East Conference schedule this Saturday (12:00 p.m.) with a doubleheader at Western Connecticut State University. Endicott will host Eastern Nazarene College for a Commonwealth Coast Conference doubleheader on Friday (2:00 p.m.).

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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 29, 2015 4:58 am

Western Connecticut Sweeps #9 Southern Maine, 14-8 and 2-1 (11)

FISHKILL, N.Y. -- Junior Chris Callahan (Southington, Conn./Holy Cross) drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning with a double to give the Western Connecticut State University Colonials a 2-1 victory over the ninth-ranked University of Southern Maine Huskies in the second game of the teams’ Little East Conference doubleheader at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, N.Y.

The Colonials took the first game, 14-8, by scoring six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to complete the doubleheader sweep. The two wins extended the Colonials’ winning streak to six games, and improved their overall record to 7-4. The Huskies fall to 8-5 overall. The doubleheader was the Little East Conference opener for both teams.

Game One

Trailing 8-5 heading into the eighth inning, the Huskies rallied for three runs to tie the game. Junior Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) brought in the first run with a bases loaded walk. Rookie Anthony Capuano (Bangor, Maine) drove in the second run with a fielder’s choice, and the final run came home on an infield error.

The Colonials retook the lead on a two-run double by sophomore Frank Vartuli (Westport, Conn./Staples). Later in the inning, sophomore EJ Lavoie (East Granby, Conn.) cleared the bases with a triple to right center.

USM had taken a 4-0 lead in the first inning keyed by sophomore Matt Bender’s (Walpole, Mass.) two-run single.

Western Conn. struck back for three runs in its half inning. A costly infield error contributed to two of the runs being unearned.

Bender drove in his third run of the game with a groundout in the second. Western Conn. tied the game at 5-5 with two runs in the third, again benefitting from a Husky error.

Western Conn. took a 7-5 lead in the fourth on a bases loaded walk to junior Matt Greene (New London, N.Y.) and a passed ball. The Colonials tacked on another run in the seventh when Lavoie was plunked by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Freshman Nick Bowie (South Paris, Maine/Oxford Hills) was the lone repeat hitter for the Huskies with a pair of singles. Bender drove in three runs, and Capuano had two RBI. Junior right-hander Ryan Browner (Georgetown, Mass.), the fourth of six hurlers used by the Huskies, took the loss.

Greene, Vartuli and sophomore Joe Costa (Hopewell Jct., N.Y./John Jay) had two hits apiece to lead the Colonials 11-hit attack. Lavoie finished with four RBI. Senior Rob Valunas (Oakville, Conn./Watertown) picked up the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Valunas did not give up a hit while walking three and striking out three.

Game Two

In the nightcap, the Huskies grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning when senior Dylan Morris (Bangor, Maine) scored on a groundout off the bat of junior Nick DiBiase (Portland, Maine/Deering).

The Colonials tied the game in the sixth as sophomore Bryan Harper (Ledyard, Conn./St. Bernard’s) scored when Costa’s single was misplayed in the outfield for a two-base error.

The score remained tied until the 11th as Callahan’s two-out fly ball was lost in the lights allowing Lavoie, who singled, to come all the way around from first with the winning run.

Senior right-hander Alex Roger (Southington, Conn.) picked up the win with two innings of scoreless relief. Junior Todd Lyons (Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon) went nine innings allowing just one run on six hits while striking out 13.

For the Huskies, rookie Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) had a pair of hits. Senior Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine), who pitched three scoreless frames in the first game, was tagged with the tough-luck loss after going 5 2/3 innings giving up just three hits while striking out nine.

Up Next

Southern Maine is back in action tomorrow (3:00 p.m.) facing the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a single non-conference game at Plymouth (Mass.) North High School. Western Connecticut travels to Ramapo College on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.).



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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:05 am

Four-Run 7th Inning Lifts Southern Maine Past UMass Dartmouth 5-2

PLYMOUTH, Mass. -- The University of Southern Maine baseball team scored four runs in the seventh inning to erase a 2-1 deficit and defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 5-2, in a non-conference game Sunday afternoon at Plymouth (Mass.) North High School.

The win snapped a two-game skid for the Huskies and improved their overall record to 9-5. The Corsairs lost for the third time in the last four games to slip to 5-4 overall. The two teams will meet again for a Little East Conference doubleheader at Southern Maine on May 1.

The Huskies scored four times on two hits, two walks and two Corsair errors in the seventh to take their first lead of the game. Rookie Devin Warren (Smithfield, Maine/Messalonskee) opened the inning with a single, and took second on an outfield error. Freshman Nick Bowie (South Paris, Maine/Oxford, Maine) walked to put runners at first and second. Freshman Brandon Martins (Manorville, N.Y./Eastport South Manor) laid down a sacrifice bunt that resulted in all runners being safe as the Corsairs failed to get Warren at third.

With the bases loaded, junior Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) singled to right to drive in Warren with the tying run. Junior right-handed pitcher Matt Russell (Townsend, Mass./North Middlesex) came on for the Corsairs and walked sophomore Paul McDonough (Wells, Maine) to force home Bowie with the go ahead run. The third run of the inning came home on a double play, and Dexter tallied the final run when the Corsairs committed an error on a double steal attempt.

USM sophomore right-hander Nick George (Peabody, Mass.) survived a shaky first inning on the mound to go 7 1/3 innings allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out two to earn his first win of the season. Senior Andrew Richards (South Portland, Maine) came on to retire five in a row to get his first save of the season.

In the first inning, the Corsairs loaded the bases on three straight singles. Senior Alberto Vasquez (Roxbury, Mass./O’Bryant) drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly. George got a big break when a Corsair base running gaff produced the second out before sophomore Taylor Cacciola (West Greenwich, R.I./Exeter-West Greenwich) singled home the second run for a 2-0 lead.

The Huskies cut the deficit to one in the third inning as senior Brendon Joyce (Standish, Maine/Gorham) tripled and scored on a wild pitch.

Dexter and sophomore Matt Bender (Walpole, Mass.) had two hits apiece for the Huskies. Senior Cory DeMedeiros (Fall River, Mass./Durfee) was the lone repeat hitter for the Corsairs.

Junior Aaron Chouinard (Swansea, Mass./Joseph Case), the second of five UMD hurlers, was charged with all four seventh-inning runs and tagged with the loss.

Southern Maine is scheduled to play Thursday (3:30 p.m.) at Salem State University. The game was moved to Salem State due to USM’s home field not being ready. USM’s April 1 home opener with Bowdoin College has been rescheduled to April 10. UMass Dartmouth will play a rescheduled Little East Conference doubleheader with the University of Massachusetts Boston on Monday (9:00 a.m.). The twinbill will be played at Salem State.

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Re: Baseball 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:27 pm

Dexter Named LEC Player of the Week

GORHAM, Maine -- The Little East Conference announced today that University of Southern Maine junior shortstop Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) has been selected as the Player of the Week for the week ending March 29. This marks the first time this season, and the second time in his career that Dexter has been picked as the LEC Player of the Week.

In four games last week, Dexter batted .375 (6 for 16) with three doubles and two RBI, and committed just one error in 25 chances in the field. Dexter had a key RBI base hit in the Huskies’ four-run, seventh-inning rally to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 5-2. Dexter hit safely in all four games stretching his current hitting streak this season to 14 games. He had multiple hits in two of the four games.

For the season, Dexter is batting .500 (27 for 54) with 13 runs scored, seven doubles, two triples, one home run and 11 RBI. He also has a .759 slugging percentage (41 total bases in 54 at bats) and a .569 on-base percentage.

Southern Maine, 9-5 overall, will travel to Salem State University on Thursday (3:30 p.m.). The game originally was scheduled for USM’s Gorham campus field, but the field is remains unplayable.

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